Peninsula Community Library Story Stew
Peninsula Community Library Story Stew for Preschoolers | Tim Boursaw Photo
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Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to read to kids at Peninsula Community Library (PCL) for Story Stew. PCL staffer Thena Axiotis-Dahl organizes the readings and brings in people from the community to read books about their livelihood and interests.

This Thursday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m., the guest reader will be Temple Florip, manager and yoga teacher at Yen Yoga & Fitness in Traverse City. I’m not sure what books she’s reading, but I’ve half a mind to go check it out and listen in. I bet there are fun books for kids about yoga.

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Temple Florip, Manager and Yoga Instructor at Yen Yoga in Traverse City, Michigan
Temple Florip, Manager and Yoga Instructor at Yen Yoga in Traverse City, Michigan | Yen Yoga Photo

An excerpt from her page on Yen Yoga’s website:

Temple is passionate about sharing with her students the knowledge she has gained, but knows that there is always more to learn. She is also the manager at Yen Yoga & Fitness, where she strives to give back to the community which has given so much to her. She lives with her two favorite people: her husband and daughter.

When I read to the kids, Thena picked out some fun books about writing and editing for me: “What Do You Do With an Idea?” by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom; “A Squiggly Story,” by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Mike Lowery; and “Ike’s Incredible Ink” written and illustrated by local author Brianne Farley.

I was weirdly nervous about it, but it turned out to be a blast, and I can’t wait to be a community reader again.

Jane Boursaw Reads to Story Stew Kids at Peninsula Community Library
Jane Boursaw Reads to Story Stew Kids at Peninsula Community Library | Tim Boursaw Photo

All preschoolers are welcome at Story Stew, which takes place at the NEW Peninsula Community Library on the first and third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. And this month, Thena is doing an extra Halloween/Day of the Dead theme on the last Thursday, which is Halloween.

If you would like to be one of the community readers, contact Thena Axiotis-Dahl, [email protected].

Peninsula Community Library recently opened at its new location at 2893 Island View Road (on the corner of Center Road and Island View Road) on the Old Mission Peninsula. If you have questions about Story Stew or anything library-related, feel free to call the library at (231) 223-7700.

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